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Chinatown has no shortage of storied dive bars (RIP, Mr. Bing’s), but Buddha Lounge strikes just the right kitschy-cool vibe, with its red lanterns, icicle lights, and wall-spanning mural. You’re as likely to find regulars at the narrow, cash-only bar as tourists, a rarity for this heavily-trafficked strip of Grant Avenue. It’s beloved for its well-stocked jukebox, strong drinks, and generous bartenders. The lounge has two specialties: Buddha beer, served in a green glass bottle shaped like a buddha, and the Chinese Mai Tai. The secret ingredient? A splash of Three Penis Whiskey, imported from China. The bartender will likely challenge you to a friendly game of Liar’s Dice.
901 Grant Ave
|Cross street:||at Washington St|
|Opening hours:||Daily 1pm–2am|
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